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  • January 23 - Western Pacific Railroad president R. G. "Mike" Flannery announces that an agreement has been reached for the railroad to be controlled by Union Pacific Railroad.[1]
  • January 29 - Milwaukee Road discontinues all service on the Pacific Extension west of Miles City, Montana.[2]


  • April 25 - SNCF takes delivery of the first production TGV trainset.


Replica Sans Pareil at the 150th anniversary recreation of the Rainhill Trials.
  • May - The 150th anniversary of the Rainhill Trials is commemorated with a restaging of the event using replica locomotives.


  • August 3 - Amtrak inaugurates the Lake Cities passenger train service between Chicago, Toledo and Detroit to replace the St. Clair.
  • August 10 - Amtrak inaugurates the Prairie Marksman passenger train service between Chicago and Peoria.


  • October 1 - Amtrak inaugurates the Hoosier State passenger train service between Chicago and Indianapolis.
  • October 31 - British Rail discontinues the Night Ferry passenger train service between London and Dover.
  • October - The new north-south line from Tarcoola, South Australia, (until then a siding on the Trans-Australian Railway) to Alice Springs, Northern Territory, is opened.


  • November 20 - SNCF completes construction on the LGV Sud-Est connecting Paris and Lyon.
  • November 30 - Amtrak replaces the "Pleasure Dome" and "Hi-Level" cars on the Southwest Limited with Superliner cars.


  • December 12 - MTR in Hong Kong extends the Kwun Tong line to Central station.

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  • British Rail 0-6-0ST number 8846 is donated to the National Railway Museum.
  • New Zealand Railways begins a rebuild program to refurbish ten DB class diesel-electric locomotives into DBR class locomotives.
  • Henschel builds the Di 4 class diesel-electric locomotives for Norges Statsbaner.
  • GNR Class J13 8846, the first steam locomotive to be privately preserved from British Railways, is donated to the National Railway Museum in York.
  • British Rail replaces the Class 27 multiple units with single Class 47/7s at one end of a rake of Mark 3 carriages and a DBSO.
  • JR Hokkaido introduces the Lilac passenger train service between Sapporo and Asahikawa.
  • New Jersey Transit inaugurates the Pony Express passenger train service between Hoboken, New Jersey and Monmouth Park Racetrack.
  • Oslo Sentralstasjon is opened in Norway.


  1. Western Pacific History. Feather River Rail Society/Western Pacific Railroad Historical Society (2002). Retrieved on 2008-01-22.
  2. This month in railroad history - January. Rivanna Chapter, National Railway Historical Society (2006-01-15). Retrieved on 2008-01-28.